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we will show how the two could be connected. ♪ anchor: welcome to our viewers on public television in america and around the globe. quite a yes list for the syria peace talks. iran will be taking part alongside russia, saudi arabia, the u.s., eu, and others. john kerry had this to say before his departure. >> i will go back to vienna tonight to take the next step in discussions from an ever broadening group of nations, including iran. which will join one of the multilateral gatherings for the first time. onle finding a way forward syria will not be easy or automatic, it is the most
promising opportunity for a political opening. recognizing what is happening. syria is being destroyed. anchor: john kerry. talks i'm joined by former congresswoman jane harman. it is good to have you with us. we are talking about iran entering the multilateral talks. thehat is only part of story. the other part of the story is that she iran will be around the table with sunni saudi arabia, egypt, and difficult states. it is an all in conversation. newsis the most positive since march 2 thousand 11. if john kerry can show the u.s. could bep needed, this the beginning of the political
solution. without a political solution, the nightmare of syria will never end. anchor: they had a lot of ground they were not agreeing on in the previous talks. iran'se saying that participation may change this. jane: there is common ground in a political solution is needed, whether assad goes and if he goes is in disagreement. around. foreign minister the u.n. general assembly said iran supports a political solution. i do not think there is any other solution. there are several dimensions to the problem. one is something that ash carter has been testifying. rise the u.s. kinetic response to the problem. the other is the huge humanitarian crisis. the conversation that starts in the an hour on friday, i hope will address both the need to defeat the terror groups who are
killing the syrian people, but also the need to deal with the civilian tragedy. works inow this vienna, one morning of talks on friday, and a bilateral meeting. they will have to come together to get a concrete proposal? jane: absolutely. there have been pre-meetings going on. our deputy secretary of state is already there. it won't be the start of a conversation, it will be the continuation, but joined by the heads of countries. s ofetaries of state countries. that will be a huge advantage. anchor: you mentioned a change in policy by the u.s., is that inevitable? do you think it is too little that perhaps the campaign did not work against the islamic state? jane: more is more.
the american people will not support boots on the ground. an extensive military fighting force. they will support, i think, the kinds of things -- carter is sketching out. we should have been more aggressive. should be creating safe zones to protect the civilians on the ground. i do not think it is as complex a military problem as it is laid out. i think if we showed resolve, a lot of the moderates would be the fighting force. anchor: we are grateful for your insight. thank you. situation in syria and many other foreign points will extend beyond president obama's administration. all eyes will be on ben carson who is taken the lead in the national polls for the first time. donald trump, how he will react.
i spoke to nick bryant at the scene of the debate in boulder, colorado. all eyes will be on the 2 men, carson and trump. provided backdrop is by the mansions over boulder, colorado, and the national poll, which suggested that ben carson, the retired neurosurgeon, is at the top of the republican field, dislodging donald trump. toshould expect donald trump be on the offensive. that is his style. he can seemingly insult his way to the white house. you can expect he will be trying to lay heavy punches on ben carson. we are expecting a rumble in the rockies. from theome concerns supporters of jeb bush saying he has lost momentum and will be looking for a breakout moment as well, i presume. nick: he never had any momentum
to start with. his has been the most underperforming candace sisi -- candidacy of the whole lot. he is not trying to show that he can challenge carson and trump, but to show that he can become the leader of the establishment back. amongst those moderate, more sensible, traditional republicans like chris christie and marco rubio. tonight. do that trying to dispel the notion there is little more to his candidacy than a sense of dynastic entitlement. anchor: talking to the others, carly fiorina, rubio, what are they likely wanting to do tonight to get themselves in the national polls? nick: everyone is trying to break through. all of the candidates are not registering double digits, but all are trying to improve.
it is a big test for the republican party as a whole. has beene so far frivolous, angry, and based on personal insults. tonight, the republicans have to stage a sensible and substantive debate. it is about the economy. they should be able to do this, but the debates have a tendency to deteriorate into wrestling matches. major hit to the bottom line after news of an emissions rigging scandal to volkswagen. they have lost $4 billion in the last quarter. loss in 15's first years. richard westcott has the latest. richard: it was all smiles at the tokyo motor show. the shiny image of vw has been dragged through the dirt. aey have admitted covering up
device to cheat admissions tests. promising to is clean up the mess. >> we will come up with good solutions for the affected diesel engines. we will disclose the full truth of what happened, and we will make sure that something like this never happens again. caught an early hint of the damage to the company. posted his first quarterly loss in 15 years. between july and september it lost 2.5 billion pounds. they had to set aside 5 billion pounds to pay for the crisis. the final cost could be much higher. estimates put it between 20 billion pounds and 60 billion pounds, when you add the lawsuits, compensation, and the possibility of cutting prices to attract buyers.
richard: he don't know how far the damage to volkswagen will go. they will have to start discounting their products in certain parts of the world, particularly in the united states, to win customers. that will affect the revenue and their ability to invest. this comes down to whether ordinary people will still want to buy vw cars. how much damage has this done to the reputation? what is the first thing people think of when they see this badge? >> carbon emissions. >> probably emissions. >> a nice car. >> being illegal about their due -- there diesel emissions. >> a brother just bought one and is considering selling it right away. richard: eu countries agree on tighter limits to test diesel emissions in the future. vw will start fixing cars next year, but they have not worked out the best way to do it. richard westcott, bbc news.
anchor: huge military ofveillance plans broke free its moorings in maryland and floated over pennsylvania. 2 f-16 fighter jets were tracking it. they came down, but it is unclear how it became loose. investigation uncovered a man has been imprisoned in the u.s. for 23 years for shooting a british tourist, even though police detectives believe he is innocent. robert jones is accused of being behind a one-man crime spree that included rape, theft, and the murder of holidaymaker julie stott in 1992, despite another man convicted of the murder and linked to the other crimes, robert jones has remained in jail.
aleem: in april in 1992, a british couple was in the french quarter of new orleans. they had just gotten engaged. they had yet to announce it. they were confronted by a gunman who jumped out of the car and robbed them. in the chaos, julie stott was shot in the head and died. the murder of a tourist was huge news at the time. in the u.k., the media took up the cause one newspaper offered a $10,000 reward to try to catch the gunman. that led to many calls and false leads. on the basis of one tip, the police brought in 19-year-old robert jones who had never had a criminal conviction. his arrest was seen by some media as a triumph. the murder of julie stott was part of the crime spree happening in the french quarter
at the time. robberies, rape, and the killing . there were similar descriptions of the car used and the attacker. an early indication that robert jones was not that man was that even after his arrest, the crime spree continued. lester jones, no relation to robert, matched descriptions and was arrested. the crime spree ended. he was found in possession of the car, items stolen in the robberies and rape, and the gun used to kill julie stott. lester jones was convicted of her murder, but robert jones was never released. murder detective from the time was shot years later -- was shocked years later to find 2 were serving time for the same killing. >> as a task force, we were under the impression and felt as though there was only one person involved in the murder, lester.
everything tied to him. can you feel confident that robert jones played no part in the murder of julie stott? >> oh yeah. i believe that to this day. aleem: a trial lasted less than ours with crucial evidence withheld, robert was convicted of free, for which he got a life sentence, and the killing that someone else someone had gone to prison for. he has been behind bars ever since. do you remember when the verdict was announced? put it into words. it was a crushing moment. it felt like i had died. when they said "guilty" i thought they cannot be true -- it cannot be true. aleem: robert jones had terrible legal representation. we have been trying to locate his lawyer at the time.
he never returned our calls. after several minutes on his doorstep we noticed him raise his head in his car. excuse me, sorry. i'm looking for mr. adkins. mr. adkins was criticized for his incompetence during the trial. jones, aesented robert lot of people criticized saying you could have done this, that, investigated this, investigated that. they could've went down there and represented robert jones. aleem: you don't feel any responsibility for robert jones ring in jail? >> i did the best i could representing robert jones at the time, and i think he got the best representation he could have got. a justiceyers from charity representing robert now, say he is still in prison, not
just because of the mistakes by his old attorney -- something more malicious going on all those years ago. >> when you look at robert's ofe, it involves evidence innocence, and an egregious wrongdoing on the behalf of prosecutors i've ever seen. >> of known and watched for all of these years. aleem: the original trial judge said prosecutors concealed evidence, and though himself an african-american, he admits the state was deliberate in getting young black men in jailed. -- in jail. >> when you look at robert jones , if he did not do this, he did something else. therefore, he got away with doing something else, and therefore his punishment is not justified for this particular act, but other things he did and got away. aleem: after decades of what many see as racially motivated
miscarriage of justice in louisiana, questions are being asked about how the state could get away with such behavior for so long. >> the reputation of this office has been stained. there's no question. there is no question there have been cases, this is not the only case. there have been other cases where prosecutors either intentionally or negligently withheld evidence. there's no question about that. the best i can do is, let's move forward. from the moment i took office, what we said we would do, is those things are not going to happen. we are going to do the best we can. aleem: the district attorney is reviewing the evidence of the robert jones case. how many other similar cases might there be in louisiana? it is a question robert's trial judge says weighs heavily on his mind. >> it weighs on me, it does.
there are just -- there are so many others. that i know of. were wrongfully prosecuted and wrongly convicted. i've seen it. i have seen it happen. without being able to do anything about it. them: for 23 years after murder of julie stott, robert jones is still in prison. for many, every new day he is tonight his freedom is a travesty. in his case, it is just one illustration of the huge issues surrounding america's criminal justice system and race. aleem maqbool, bbc news, new orleans. anchor: you're watching "bbc world news america." still to come, do you think you know how dinosaurs became extinct? think again. one of the world's physicist joins us with her proposal. a polish priest who announced that he was gay earlier this
month has given the bbc a copy of his resignation to pope francis. he accuses the roman catholic church of making the lives of millions of a catholics around the world a held. he spoke to caroline wyatt. caroline: he stepped out of the only life he knew as a priest. i went to meet him in barcelona. the father is building a . with no job and no pension, but a clear conscious -- clear conscience. >> i'm free and happy. caroline: he is gay and in a new relationship. roman catholic priests should be celibate and straight. knew many protestants in
the vatican that reggae and i know it. -- that were gay and i know it. you must hide it. violence ofphobic the church. this is the problem of hypocrisy. caroline: today, he showed us the resignation letter he wrote to pope francis, full of anguish about the way the church treats people. there were serious allegations against the vatican department where he worked for 12 years. he said his former colleagues are trying to undermine the pope's reforms from inside. the priest has had no response from pope francis. today, the vatican has no comment. caroline wyatt, bbc news, barcelona. ♪
anchor: the extinction of the dinosaurs. few lessons included the role of dark matter. particletest book, physicist lisa randall explains the possible link that we may take for granted. she joined us to discuss her findings about the interconnectedness of the universe. welcome. thank you for joining us. lisa: thank you for having me. anchor: "dark matter and the dinosaurs" things you would not normally get together. how do they link? lisa: a speculation, but one thing that is fun is it links abstract things that people don't think about. dark matter to dinosaurs. a comment is on the cover. a comet killed the dinosaurs. what triggered that?
tot caused the comet become dislodged? maybe it was dark matter. that is the hypothesis. anchor: i am not a scientist. in layman's terms, tell me about the concept about how you are saying we are interconnected in the universe with dark matter. lisa: it is not only dark matter, but fundamental particles leading to the structure we have today. , in matter is responsible many ways, for the structure of the universe. without dark matter we wouldn't form, none of this would happen. it does not interact with light, so it can clump into small structures like galaxies. anchor: to explain dark matter in 10 or 15 seconds, how would you do it? lisa: matter that does not interact with light and is not made up of atoms. it comes together, and was just stuff.
anchor: i wish i had learned science from you. a lot of people are not getting it comprehensively what dark matter is. i appreciate that. stark matter it is and scientists like to mystify it, but it is not that difficult of a concept in some ways. it is because we see things but our own vision. we think everything has to be like what we see. it has to have a right interaction. the fact is the great beauty of physics is it allows us to go beyond that. dark matter has gravitational interactions with, and we can observe those. i wanted to write the book because it is the opportunity to tie together abstract or more abstract theoretical ideas like dark matter to things going on in the universe. i think there is a lot of focus on how quickly we are changing the planet, and what is happening with extinction with climate change and environmental issues. it is important for people to
have a concept of where we came from. anchor: it didn't happen overnight? of years.ook a couple longer because, first of all, writing it doesn't take long, but tying together all of the ideas in a way that is readable and fun. you don't want it to be too long . it is easier to write a long book quickly. anchor: thank you for bringing the book. lisa randall. lisa: thank you for having me and listening. before we go, we had a royal visitor. prince harry teamed up with michelle obama and dr. jill biden for the invictus games for wounded service members. they attended a wheelchair basketball game before prince harry visited the white house for an oval office meeting with the president. ucking it down in washington today, he certainly
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>> tonight, we have new information. >> these blogs are saying the memos can be recreated. >> they're going to start an investigation. >> this is bad. >> you've got to make your case. you have to fight. >> this isn't a trial. this is a hunt. >> they do not get to smack us just for asking the question! >> "truth." rated r. now playing in select cities. >> "bbc world news" was presented by kcet los angeles.
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